Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Home Office in your Living Room

A home office may not seem possible in you live in a small apartment, but Apartment Therapy.com has seven ways you can fit a home office into your living room.

You can use an end table as your home office. How?  By organizing your office supplies into decorative boxes and then placing them on a shelving unit that you use as a side table.  Make sure to leave some space on the top so you can work on it!  Another option is to place your workspace on in a bookcase unit with adjustable shelves.  You can even use curtains or a panel on rails to hide your office when it's not in use.

Another option for your living room office is a table located behind your couch.  This is a great place to keep your laptop and pay bills.  Using a chair or stool that can tuck completely under the desk will maximize your available space.  Want to have your home office "out of sight, out of mind"?  Place a partition such as a screen, shutters or a curtain in front of your desk area.

If you live in a two-story townhome or loft, the area under an open staircase is a perfect spot to tuck a diminutive workspace and some shelves.  Armoires, hutches or secretary desks are perfect for housing a home office that you can close up when it's quitting time.  Lastly, if you have a closet that isn't needed, this can be a great place to tuck a workspace.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Drought Conditions Improving

Drought Conditions in Central Texas are Improving, according to a new report by KVUE.com.  We have the recent above average rainfall to thank for that.

A year ago, the entire Central Texas area was listed as being in extreme to exceptional drought conditions, the most dire on the scale.  This May, Austin is now at abnormally dry and the Hill Country is under a moderate drought condition.  In fact, last year at this time, 82 percent of Texas was under extreme to exceptional drought conditions.  That percentage has dropped to 13 percent.

The drought started to improve this past December when we started seeing above average rainfall for the first time in nearly a year.  January, February, March and now May all have seen above average rainfall.  On May 17th 2011, Camp Mabry had only gotten 6.67" of rainfall for the year and now it has gotten 18.88" since January 1st, several inches above the yearly average. 

Some forecasts are predicting an El Nino weather pattern, which would bring above average rainfall and lower than average temperatures to Texas.  June 1st is the start of hurricane system and a below normal season is predicted, but above average ocean temperatures in the Gulf could bring more hurricanes to our neck of the woods. 

Thanks to the rain, temperatures are forecast to not hit 100 degrees until late June or July or even August if we continue to get a lot of rain.  By contrast, we saw our first 100 degree day on May 25th last year.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Austin Apartment Occupancy Rate Hits 95 Percent

Austin's Apartment Occupancy Rate has hit 95 percent, making it more difficult and more expensive to find a place to live.  Fortunately more complexes are being built and set to hit the market soon, but this offers little relief for current Austinites looking to move and new residents freshly relocating to the city.  I recently spoke to KVUE about what the current hot market means for renters.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shea has more money than Leffingwell

Shea has more money than Leffingwell in her campaign chest, thanks to the fact that she loaned her campaign $65,000 of her own money, Statesman.com reports.  As the candidates head into the last week of the contest, Brigid Shea has about $30,000 more remaining in her war chest than incumbent mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Leffingwell was able to raise more than three times what Shea raised since the fall when the campaign began.  Leffingwell has collected more than $59,000 from supporters since early April and still has $54,387.  Shea only raised $30,854 during the same time period, but because of her loans, she still has $84,551 left to spend.

Austin City Council candidates are only allowed to raise $350 per person, an amount many local political experts say is not enough to run for a citywide contest.  Supporters are also allowed to solicit donations on a candidates behalf, which is called bundling.  Shea and others are against this bundling because they say it serves as a way for lobbyists and employees of big firms to have an unfair advantage for their causes with city council members.

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